Here’s a nifty little free program that’s been popping up more and more lately. It’s a Windows-based “real-time” global earthquake viewing program called Earthquake 3D. It’s nothing fancy, and for me it’s much more of a toy since I can kind of build a three-dimensional picture of things by virtue of years of experience.
I thought I’d post it up though with the most recent earthquake in the Canterbury, New Zealand region in the news. [Lyttelton & Christchurch]. There are two versions. One is less robust and free; whereas, the other requires a little donation but has a little bit more capability.
The download page is located HERE.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on how this program works because I think most of you can figure it out. It’s pretty intuitive and the onboard Help page is pretty easy. Again, it’s a novelty tool for those interested in looking at global earthquakes in different ways and quickly.
I do want to mention to the families of the victims of the most recent earthquakes in Canterbury: The world is there with you at least in spirit. Many in the geological community had fears that the initial rupture last September would only be the beginning of aftershock swarms and perhaps continued seismic activity focused in that region. Please know that there are good people that will do whatever they can to the extent practicable to provide you with sound scientific assessments for potential future earthquake threats in the vicinity of that which you call home.